HISTORY OF THE O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC
On October 16th, throngs of spectators and world-class surfers will travel to Santa Cruz, California, for the O’Neill Coldwater Classic, recognized as the longest-running surf event in Northern California. The first CWC took place at The Lane in 1985, and registered as a top-tier event on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour three years later in 1988, where it remained until 1990. The Classic dropped to a second-tier event on the World Qualifying Series for 21 subsequent years, among other professional circuits, before its accreditation back to the World Tour in 2012, where 32 of the world’s best surfers competed for a $425,000 purse prize. The event’s format has changed again in the two years since, as many now-unsponsored surfers travel to Steamer Lane for a winner-take all competition.